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We all know that accidents happen every day. But when your boss comes to you and tells you that they fell down and their iPad went boom! Some may choose to tuck tail and hide, but there are a handful of us that will step up to the plate and say, "Don't worry, I'll fixit!”
I stuck to the plan, and followed the ifixit repair guide to the "T". With the exception of a few slight differences between the model shown in the guide, and the one in front of me...the approximately 3 hour job went surprisingly well, and my boss was extremely please with the results.
Make sure that you give yourself enough time and space to work on your project. Stick to the repair guide, but obviously use common sense when confronted with differences between the guide photos and the unit in front of you. Oh, and if you are like most of us that don't work in a dust free environment. Have a small can of dusting spray standing by, along with a small box of dry lint free wipes (or lens paper), which you will need to help keep both the face of the LCD and front glass free of any dust, oil, glue, or any other contaminants during assembly. With a little time and patience you will finish your task, and be pleasantly pleased with your results. And yes, you do need two Metal Spudger tools which you can purchase right here at ifixit.com.
Broken screen, bad home button , and digitizer not sensing fingers.
Well the install went ok up till I plugged in digitizer. Digitizer end of ribbon plug fell apart. I have only found one plug, but company will not sell me plug. They will install it though. Grrrr! Hey ifixit, can you sell me the plug??
This iPad (original), although old, is still in regular use as it continues to work like a champ even though Apple no longer supports it. So, even though the iPad was damaged, it was worth the time and expense of repairing it as it will serve several more years.
The repair went well. The iFixit tutorial was very thorough and helpful; there were a few minor differences to work through, but nothing significant to worry about.
The biggest issue I had with my repair was due to how the screen was damaged to begin with; it was dropped and landed on a corner. This damage not only broke the front screen/digitizer, it also damaged the back case for which there is no replacement (that I could find). As a result, I had to bend the back case into alignment as best I could so that the new front panel could go in and not get damaged due to the previous deformation. I would recommend, if at all possible, selling back panel replacements in addition to front panels so that these older devices can be restored to their like new condition.